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The Poppy Project

Maggie Bandstra's avatar Maggie Bandstra

In 2020 while working on my MFA thesis, I visited a Poppy in Fennville, Michigan. I am attracted to the Poppy Flower. Its fleeting blooms amaze me with their delicate petals. To me, they symbolize life and loss. This association grew after reading the poem Flanders Fields John McCrae. The relationship between beauty and grief connected in my mind and my artwork after visiting the field. My work usually takes the form of nature abstracted. From far away, my ArtPrize entry looks like a field of wildflowers. But when the viewer looks up close, they can see abstracted figures representing people. This symbolism communicates our human connection with nature and the spiritual world.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: oil on Canvas
  • Width: 120 inches
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 96 inches